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Dave Grohl Talks New Foo Fighters Music, HBO Series

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Dave Grohl speaks onstage at the 'Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways' panel during the HBO portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Dave Grohl speaks onstage at the ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ panel during the HBO portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By Courtney E. Smith

A new Foo Fighters album grows ever closer, accompanied by an HBO series in October — and according to Dave Grohl, it’ll be a nice alternative to the singing competitions of today.

Grohl addressed the Television Critics Association at an event in Beverly Hills yesterday (July 10) to reveal what will go into his eight-part series titled Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, airing on HBO starting in October.

“Music can seem a little one dimensional… but when you get a little deeper into the artist or the song, it creates this emotional connection,” Deadline reports Grohl said.

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The series will explore multiple American cities, including Chicago, Nashville and Austin. In each Grohl will interview a local musician and record a song in a local studio. Rolling Stone reports that he referred to it as “a love letter to the history of American music.”

Grohl seems to see it as an alternative to the mass of competition singing shows on the airwaves, of which he is not a fan.

“I don’t want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you if you’re not a good singer,” The Wrap reports Grohl said. “Don’t get me started. To me, that’s not what music’s about.”

The series is confirmed to feature appearances from Zac Brown, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and President Barack Obama.

The Foo Fighters new album is expected to drop in November, but no specific date or album title have been announced.

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